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  Migrant kicking lensman comes under lens of law

Migrant kicking lensman comes under lens of law

AFP
Published : Sep 8, 2016, 2:30 am IST
Updated : Sep 8, 2016, 2:30 am IST

A file photo of the accused, Petra Laszlo, a camerawoman, who has been charged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Szeged, Budapest, with breach of peace. (Photo: AFP)

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A file photo of the accused, Petra Laszlo, a camerawoman, who has been charged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Szeged, Budapest, with breach of peace. (Photo: AFP)

A Hungarian television camerawoman who made headlines in September 2016 after appearing to trip and kick migrants who were fleeing the police has been indicted, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

 

“The accused is charged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Szeged with breach of the peace,” said a statement from Csongrad county chief prosecutor Zsolt Kopasz.

In the footage, which sparked global outrage, Petra Laszlo can be seen tripping up a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child near the town of Roszke, close to the border with Serbia.

“The violent actions of the accused did not inflict injury, however her behaviour was capable of provoking indignation and outcry in the members of the public present at the scenes,” according to the statement.

It later emerged that Ms Laszlo, who was fired over her actions, had been working for N1TV, an internet-based television station close to Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party.

 

The incident has occurred as hundreds of migrants broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border.

Location: Hungary, Budapest